The Evolution of Technology in Relation to Firearms (FREE)

by  Springfield Armory National Historic Site

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Springfield Armory manufactured arms for the United States Military for 174 years. During this time technology was rapidly changing. The Armory was tasked with improving current firearm designs using newer technology. Have a Park Ranger 'visit' your classroom and explain how firearms evolved over time incorporating this new technology and the role of Springfield Armory during the Industrial Revolution.

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45 minutes to 1 hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Homeschool/Family

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Primary Disciplines

Industrial Technology, Social Studies/History

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Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Springfield, Massachusetts
United States

Springfield Armory was established as the Nation’s First Federal Arsenal. The Armory was a leader in the development of interchangeability, technological innovations of firearms, mechanization and specialization in precision manufacturing, and the production of small arms. Springfield Armory had numerous cultural, geographic and economic impacts on the City of Springfield and surrounding communities. 

In 1968 Springfield Armory closed and reopened in 1978 to the public as Springfield Armory National Historic Site which works to preserve and interpret the story of the nations first federal armory and its lasting impact on the United States. 

Scott Gausen

Program Details


1. Ranger will introduce themselves and explain, in brief, the history of Springfield Armory NHS.
2. Ranger will give a presentation on how firearms evolved and the role technology played in this innovation.
3. Open discussion time between the Ranger and Students.


1. Explain why Springfield Armory is significant in relation to United States History.
2. Explain how firearms evolved over time in relation to newer technology.
3.Identify and explain the role that Springfield Armory had during the American Revolution.

Standards Alignment

State Standards

Science and Technology Engineering Standards
Grade 1
1.K-2-ETS1-1. Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change that can be solved by developing or improving an object or tool.

Grade 3
3.3-5-ETS1-2. Generate several possible solutions to a given design problem. Compare each solution
based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the design problem.

5th Grade
ETS3. Technological Systems
5.3-5-ETS3-1(MA). Use informational text to provide examples of improvements to existing technologies (innovations) and the development of new technologies (inventions). Recognize that technology is any modification of the natural or designed world done to fulfill human needs or wants